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The Hacker Ethic: A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business

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You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesn’t even necessarily relate to the open-source movement. Being a hacker has more to do with your underlying assumptions about stress, time management, work, and play. It’s about harmonizing the rhythms of your creative work with the rhythms of the rest of your life so ...more
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Published February 12th 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book that embraces my kind of work ethic as something other than "disorganized laziness". A great read that goes quickly and offers some interesting ideas on how the ethics of the hacker world could make the world a better place for everyone.
David Thompson
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A classic
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Actually, it answered two questions that had been floating in my mind for a while. When I was trying to learn more about open source software to teach a class on it, I did a google search. Lots of articles came up questioning whether capitalism and open-source software could co-exist. While I would not be at all disturbed if open-source software turned out to be a socialist or communist phenomenon, it was still interesting. Why would people spend lots of time working on Linux if they weren't goi ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On mielenkiintoista pohtia mitä arvoja työelämässä ja yhteiskunnassa noudatetaan ja mikä voisi olla toimiva eettinen järjestelmä tietotekniikassa ja muualla yhteiskunnassa. Näin vaatimattomaan kysymykseen pyrkii Pekka Himanen vastaamaan kirjassaan Hakkerietiikka (WSOY 2001). Kirjassa esitellään hakkerit henkilöinä, jotka ovat innoissaan ohjelmoinnista ja jotka uskovat, että informaationjakaminen on voimallinen hyvä ja että hakkerien eettinen velvollisuus on jakaa osaamisensa kirjoittamalla vapai ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book sucks so hard and is a complete fraud. It has a shameless selling title that suggests that you'll learn something about lives and mindsets of professiona hackers. That is not the case at all. This book is not about hackers at all, for it proposes the definition that suggests that any person who is expert in some field of human activities, passionate and anti capitalist - is in fact a hacker. Complete fraud, shameless false advertising! You literally learn more about the life in fu ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the forward and beginning of the book, and there were some interesting points about ethics and historical comparisons with old protestant ideas of work ethic and its influences, but when the author started discussing technology, politics, and economics it became clear that he had no idea what he was talking about. The second half of the book derailed completely and is at best incoherent nonsense.

If this book had been shorter and focused solely on hacker ethics and where it came from th
Anthony Bodin
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
1st half of the book is really interesting and shares a very interesting way to look at personal involvement in business activities & how to manage work/life balance
2nd half is not very well structured and could be skipped...
William Rood
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I vehemently dispute the prolog's Linus's Law, as just so much clap trap, most of the remaining book was an interesting dive into a modern form of philosophy. The author grabbed me with the historical mangling of our perceptions of heaven and hell by the Protestant work ethic, had me hanging on every word in the sections of how Capitalism and the Post Industrial world has actually evolved to be MORE work by the individual, and how passion about type of work is deemphasized while the soulle ...more
Ricardo Roman
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
La ética del hacker y el espíritu de la era de la información, es una excelente visión de cómo se está creando valor profesional, social y de negocios a partir de internet. Recuperando en sentido origila del término "hacker" como inventores apasionados (y no como "cracker" que son los delincuentes informáticos) describe el espíritu, los valores, las habilidades y el mundo de los innovadores en la red. Elementos claves en la era wikinomics o Long Tail, como la pasión, la colaboración, el comparti ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up from the library rather randomly, and read it in 3 days - very thought provoking, especially because even though it's written 10 years ago, so much of what it grapples with is still - or even more - relevant today. While Egypt was flaring up, it was fascinating to read about how the Internet was used in the 1999 Kosovo crisis.

But for me the first 2 parts - on money as motivation, and our attitude towards work - were the most riveting. The "Hacker Ethic" is still clearly alive toda
Javier Novoa Cataño
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Me quedo con esto:
From the hacker viewpoint, leisure-centeredness may be just as undesirable as work-centeredness. Hackers want to do something significant: they want to create. While they avoid work that does not give rise to an opportunity for creativity, they also consider leisure as such insufficient as an ideal state. A Sunday spent in apathetic leisure can be as insufferable as a Friday.

Hackers do not feel that leisure time is automatically any more meaningful than work time. The desirabil
Michael Hirsch
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good read about the "Hacker ethic". That's Hacker as in problem solver, not as in "cracker"--someone who breaks into computers.

The book is one person's, though a deep thinking person's, view of how the hacker ethic fits in to modern society. His view is that the protestant ethic of valuing hard work for the sake of it is passe (I don't know how to make the accent on the e). The new value is working hard at something because it is fun and meaningful.

I strongly agree with that basic premise, tho
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Had some alright content, but not nearly enough to justify its size - I feel like it would have been way better if it had been an essay. And it could easily have fitted into an essay if you stripped it down to the parts that are actually on its topic. Most of it seemed to be completely irrelevant stuff padding the book out. I kept expecting it to be tied back into the topic, but it never was. The authors lack of understanding of technology was quite noticeable too. The way he keeps talking about ...more
Chris Vogt
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chris by: school library
The Hacker Ethic is a thought provoking dialogue on hacker ethics and philosophy as written by Pekka Himanen, a Finnish philosopher who incorporates Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and social science research in his description of hackers. Includes a prologue by Linus Torvolds, the software engineer behind the principal development of the popular free operating system Linux, and an epilogue by Manuel Castells, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at ...more
Sweemeng Ng
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
So many way the author is wrong, not a good book for talking about how hacker works
Preston Lee
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Small note: definitely read the forward by Linus Torvalds.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Discussion on Hacker Ethics in comparison with the Protestant or Work Ethics.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Book started w/ an interesting overview of the Protestant Ethic and how that evolved into today's society. But later on the book turned into more of a motivational self help which was not expected. ...more
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Pekka Himanen defines himself as a philosopher and a public intellectual. He studied philosophy (and computer science as a minor) at the University of Helsinki. In 1994, with his thesis on the philosophy of religion, The challenge of Bertrand Russell, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the same university, thus becoming the youngest Ph.D. in Finland.

He has done research work in Finland (Univ

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